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Art. 29. Yarico and Inkle, an Epiftle. By the Author of the
Elegy written among the Ruins of an Abbey. 4to. Is. Dodfey.
We have more than once expreffed ourselves in favour of this Author's poetical abilities; we thought he had tenderness and melody, and we think so ftill ; nevertheless the epifle before us has not answered our expectations. Though the fituation of Yarico was peculiar, there does not seem to be an adequate peculiarity of sentiment; and the complains in too trite, if not too feeble a manner. ---All epiftles of this kind, however, lie under great disadvantages, by making us unavoidably remember that of Eloisa to Abelard. Art. 30. The Ocean, a Poem in Blank Verse. Written by the
Sea-fide. 4to. 6d. Walter. A spirit of contemplative piety runs through this little poem ; which, though not written in the best talte, is not without fome kind of descriptive merit and fancy.
The following description of a poor captive confined in a fort by the fea-fide is pathetic, and the painting just to nature :
Th'imprifou'd captive of some neighbouring fort,
Inur'd to woe.
Is. 6d. Hawes and Co. Young poets, like young painters, should be careful to withhold their productions from the public eye, till their judgment is ripened and their execution perfected by time and experience. This poem is quite a puerile performance, and yet there are scattered ehrough it fome sparks of genius ; therefore, without farther discouraging the Author, we only advise him to defer a little his addresses to Fame. Art: 32 A Caveat to the Will of a Northern Vicar. Addressed to
the Rev. W. C*****, Rector of K**** W****. 4to. 25, Flexney.
In cur Catalogue for Auguft laft, p. 164, we mentioned T be Will of a certain Noribern Visar; in which we, at this distance from the neighbourhood of Newcastle, could discover very litile meaning, though we had the mortification of reading a number of very bad verses. In this Caveat, we are still under the same local disadvantage ; and have been plagued with three times as many wretched lines. Why are people in this part of the kingdom to be peftered with squabbling rhymes wbich are intellible only on the other side the Trent?
POLITICAL and COMMERCIAL. Art. 33. An Address to the P, in Behalf of the starving
Multitude. Pointing out the Cause of the present high Price of Provisions : with easy and effettual Methods how to make them cheap. 8vo. 19. Baldwin.
Although this old-fashioned farmer, as he files him felf, is evidently too tenacious of old opinions, merely, as it nould feem, because of their antiquity; and although he affects to fneer at the new improve ments in husbandry and agriculture, yet we cannot but think he is very right in his obfervations on the present general neglect of tillage; the engrossing of farms; and some other growing evils of the like kind. As to his advice, offered to parliament, for remedying the grievances of which he complains, we are of opinion, that if he can convince the right honourable and honourable gentlemen, that it is their intereft, as landlords, to adopt his proposed regulations, they will not fail to lend a favourable ear to his representations. Art. 34. A Parallel drawn between the Administration in the four
Last Years of Queen Anne, and the four first of George the Third. By a Country Gentleman. 8vo. 19. Almon. This country-gentleman imagines that he fees the most Ariking parallel that ever existed in any period of the English history,' between the four last years of the Queen, and the four first years of his present Majesty. In the former period, the principal persons in the great politicat drama, were the Lords Oxford and Bolingbroke, and that great general, the Duke of Marlborough. To these he adds Mrs. Malham, who, he fays, was the secret manager in the clofet, and the artful contriver of all those fatal changes that were brought about in the year 1709. From the first moment this tory-adminiftration fac at the helm, they determined to make peace with France at all events, and to run into meafures dire&ly opposite to those of their predecessors.
• In the great scene that has been so lately exhibited, we may reckor the principal actors were the Earl of B, the Duke of B, and that great commoner, Mr. Pitt. In this scene a fimilar female cha racter must be introduced, which directly corresponds with that of Mrs. Malham. She was the secret spring that directed all the late political operations, and served Lord B- in the same capacity, as Mrs. Matham did Lord Oxford, by pofolling the royal ear, and whispering every thing they could batch up to the discredit of the great commoner; in the fame manner as Lord Oxford and Mrs. Masham had done to the dire credit of the great general. They procured their vile sycophants, the tools of any men in power, to proclaim it aloud in all companies, that we had conquered too much, and that more victories and conquefts, like those of Pyrrhus, would quite undo us.'
The Author continaes to run this parallel, in a manner which may be easily gueffed, from the specimen here given; and he concludes with fome strictures on the negleèt of all our cobig-administrations, with refpect to our national constitution in the church, to which he says they have never paid due regard; although he owns they have always taken proper care of the confimion in the fate. The interefts of the church, as he expresses it, is a point about which he seems very solicitous; and he reminds us of the great effect which the notion that the church was in
danger had in the days of Q. Anne. But we cannot perceive
proposed Alteration of the Law for regulating Entail Noblemen and Gentlemen of North Britain : and to the of the British Parliament in general. 8vo. 1S. Mi.
This subject hath, of late, been much difcuffed, elpce northern parts of this island, on account of the proposed an. of the law of Entails in Scotland; and we have already exp thoughts upon it:-see Review, Vol. XXXII. p. 466–469. sent ingenious Writer advises that great caution should be ut gard to any alterations, in a matter of so much consequence deems, in great meature, to take the same side of the queftior author * of Confi.erations on the Policy of Entails, &.'-1 differ from our Author, in some very material points, yet, in his abilities, we muit say, that his arguments ought to be se: tended to, before the proposed alterations are determined upoi he rightly observes, it is no proof of wisdom to be either too of old principles, or too hafty in the adoption of new ones.
* Mr. Dalrymple. See Rev. for June 1765.
RELIGIOUS and CONTROVERSIAL.
kind, in Behalf of the Indians. Containing, I. Anima
rights of conscience, and to genuine Christianity, will be much pleased with this appeal; it is written with spirit and judgment, and contains several smart and pertinent observations relating to the propagation of the gospel among the Indians, and the episcopizing of our colonies. Art. 38. The Harmony of the Evangelists? or, The Four Gospels
conncbied into one regular historical Series. By William Greenwood, D. D. Rector of Solyhull, and Vicar of St. Nicholas in Warwick. 12mo. 2s. 6d. Rivington,
Of the several Harmonies of the Gospel already published, some bave been so well executed, and so favourably received by the public, that there could be but one reason for this addition to their number, viz. the considerable bulk and price of the former compilations : too great for the circumstances of the lower ranks of readers, who are the very people that most need the allistance of such books. This was Dr. Greenwood's motive for offering the present little connective view of the New Testament, to the Christian world; and we suppose it will answer the laudable end he had in view : as it appears to be very judicioully executed. He has chicfly followed the fteps of Dr. Macknight; whose valuable performance we recommended to our Readers at its first appearance; and have fince had the satisfaction to see our judgment of that work fully ratified by the public suffrage in its favour. Art. 39. The Sovereignty of the Divine Administration vindicated;
or, A Rational Account of our blessed Saviour's remarkable Temptation in the Wilderness; the Poljeled at Capernaum, the Demoniacs at Gadara, and the Destruction of the Swine : with Free Remarks on several other important Pasages in the New Testament. By the late Rev. Mr. Thomas Dixon of Bolton. With a Preface, by the Rev. Mr. John Seddon of Manchester. 8vo.
Becket. Mr. Dixon proposes a figurative or allegorical interpretation of our Lords temptations. He i of opinion that the devil was not at all con. cerned in it; but that such thoughts arose in the mind of our Saviour, in the course of his meditations, as woold naturally have arisen in the mind of any person, in the same or like circumstances with those in which Chrilt then was. The Editor of this posthumous publication, has observed, in a note, at p. 20, that the propriety of the temptations, and their application to the course of our blessed Saviour's ministry, is represented in a full and fatisfactory manner by Mr. Farmer', in a tract published since the death of our Author, which, had he lived to see, would have rendered his own performance more perfect.'. He adds, however, that Mr. Dixon's notion of an allegorical representation of real tem tanını, seems preferable to an entire visionary scene; and he alks, “ Is it no more honourable to our Lord, and more exemplary?'
This worthy Divine seems, indeed, to have been so thorough an enemy to the devil, that he appeiss delirius and determined, to the ut-. moit of his abilities, to drive the black gentleman entirely out of the world. It appeared to him that many things taid in fcripture concerning the devil, muit be in erpretes figurari: elv, it we would avoid asferiing
See ke iew, Vol. XXV. p. 130.
the most absurd and ridiculous things. Every one, fays he, who is acquainted either with human or divine learning, knows, that the most beautiful parts of it conüift in figurative, bold, hyperbolical descriptions. Nay, nothing is more usual or oroamental in all kinds of poetry, than to represent good or evil qualities, virtues, or vices, under the characters of persons. Thus in the heathen poetry, the muses, the graces, and furies, faith, fortune, &c. have been represented as real persons. In like manner St. Paul has in profe, with great elegance, introduced fin and death, as though they were real persons; from whence our famous poet Milton, took one of his universally admired episodes. Hence, as che scriptures were wrote in the bold, figurative, eatern manner, when the literal sense of a passage is absurd, recoarse may juftly be had to a figurative interpretation. This is what protestants universally allow, in arguing againft the church of Rome, and particularly against cransubftantiation ; for we say, our Lord's words, This is my body, and this cup is the New Testament, in my blood, are to be understood figuratively, and not literally, lest absurdity and contradiction should follow from the literal sense. In like manner, when Satan is said to present himself before the Lord among the sons of God, there is a necessity of interpreting this figuratively; since one would think nothing could be more absurd, than as this place is commonly underflood, that the devil presented him. self before God amongst the holy angels. But I am inclined to think, that the devil is neither really nor figuratively intended; for the word Satan may fignify nothing more than an adversary, or a calumniator, or the abitract quality called calumny; which may with the greatest beauty be poetically described, either among the worshippers of the fons of God on earth, or the angels in heaven, accusing Job, as is reprefented in this second chapter ; or it may mean no more, than the flan. ders of his envious neighbours. The word Satan does not only fignify, but is rendered adverlary by our own translators. Again, to interprec our Lord's temptation literally of the devil, would make it look very strange, if not expose it to ridicule. Can any thing be more indefenfible or incredible, than that the devil should actually transport our Lord from the wilderness through the air to a pinnacle of the temple, and that from thence be conveyed him to a high mountain ? If the finest poetical writings, not to say prose ones too, were thus literally to be in. terpreted, they would lose all their beauty, and mankind would cease to admire, and be charmed with them.'
With respect to Chriit's cafting out devils, our Author understands no more, thereby, than that he cured several diseased, mad, and lunatic persons. In this notion he has the countenance of several learned critics, whose writings on this fubje&t bave been long before the public; and many ftill living must remember the notable controverfy concerning the Demomines, in which the late Leonard Twells, and other able divines, were lo much concerned.
For further particulars of Mr. Dixon's scheme of demonology, we muft refer to the pamphlet; particularly recommending to the Reader's arrention, Mr Seddon's very honest and sensible prefatory discourse on the right of private judgment, and the proper exercise of that right
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